One year, while in the process of updating their wills with their lawyer, Harvey and Isobel Craig expressed their continued desire to find a way to give to their favorite charities, even after they were gone. It was then that their lawyer introduced Harvey and Isobel to the Saskatoon Community Foundation. After learning more about the endowment model and being satisfied of SCF’s good reputation in the community, they decided to create the Harvey and Isobel Craig Fund.
Born in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, Harvey entered the Canadian Navy, serving in WW2. After being discharged from service, he moved to Saskatoon, earned his Biology degree from the University of Saskatchewan and went on to work for 38 years in the research branch of Agriculture Canada.
In 1952, Harvey married Isobel Shaw from Nipawin. A homemaker and devoted mother and friend, Isobel worked for a time with Sears Canada, and was a member of the Order of Royal Purple.
Harvey and Isobel made Saskatoon their home and raised their children in the Nutana Churchill neighborhood.
Curling took up a big part of Harveyâ€™s life. He was a member of the Granite Curling Club, serving as president for a time. He was on the Executive Council of the Saskatchewan Curling Association
for 13 years, also serving a term as president. While with the Saskatchewan Curling Association, now known as CurlSask, he worked on the History Committee, where he helped with the 1988
publication of Saskatchewan Curling â€“ Heartland Tradition, the first 90 years of history of the association. CurlSask made Harvey an Honorary Life Member.
Harvey was also privileged to have served on several high profile committees that brought various sporting events to Saskatchewan. He served on the Mayorâ€™s Committee as a curling representative for the 1971 Canada Winter Games and he was also the curling representative for the 1974 Saskatchewan Winter Games held in North Battleford.
Harvey was a member of the organizing committees that brought the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship to Saskatoon in 1978 and the Labatt Brier in 1989.
When Harvey was not curling, he spent time on the golf course. Harvey was a founding member and past President of the Holiday Park Golf Course. Isobel and Harvey were both members of the
Saskatoon Golf and Country Club, where Harvey has been a member for 47 years.
Sadly, after 61 years of marriage, Isobel passed away in September 2013.
Harvey continues to serve his community through his contributions to his Donor Advised Fund with the Saskatoon Community Foundation, which goes on to serve various handpicked charities in the Saskatoon area. Harvey holds true to a philosophy learned early in life from his father: â€œBring your talents to the good of the community and leave it in better shape than when you found it.â€
Through the examples both Harvey and Isobel have made in their lives, they have done exactly that.